Health service wins national award
28 May 2018
The Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service won a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the Health Service of the Year category of a national awards program.
The winner was announced in Melbourne on 18 May at the 2018 Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) and Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP) Excellence Awards.
Torres and Cape HHS Chief Executive Bev Hamerton said it was an honour for the health service and all it staff be recognised in the national awards.
Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service (TCHHS) was the only Government Health Service to reach the finals and received the Highly Commended award.
QIP is a not-for-profit organisation with more than 20 years’ experience in community service accreditation and more than 10 years’ experience in primary and secondary health care accreditation and related services.
“Last year, our health service successfully passed accreditation with QIP for the next four years,’’ Ms Hamerton said.
“We also achieved merit recognition for several criteria. This demonstrates to the communities we serve that safety and quality are of paramount importance to us and that we have met stringent national standards to do so.
“In order to maintain accreditation, we have to prove that we are continuously monitoring and improving the safety and quality of the services we deliver.
Ms Hamerton said the award this year was entirely due to the dedication and commitment of staff throughout the organisation.
“I would like to congratulate all our staff on these achievements,’’ she said.
“Without their engagement and support, this success would not have been possible.”
QIP Chief Executive Dr Stephen Clark said many outstanding nominations from QIP-accredited health services had been received.
“The QIP Excellence Awards recognise and reward the commitment that health services make to quality improvement within the health care setting,’’ he said.
“The nominations process has allowed me the privilege to gain a unique insight into the inspiring achievements taking place across the Australian health care environment.
“I thank all of the health services who have shared their inspiring and innovative stories of quality improvement.
“And congratulations to the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service for being selected as a finalist for the QIP Chair Health Service of the Year Award.
“To be selected as a finalist, Torres and Cape HHS had to submit a nomination form self- assessing against key criteria.
“The judging process was vigorous with a large number of nominations received, so it’s quite an achievement to be named a finalist.
“Across Australia there are many health services like the Torres and Cape HHS making a daily commitment to providing high quality health care.
“QIP acknowledges, appreciates and is committed to recognising the dedication and effort these health care teams make toward continuous quality improvement.’’